He led for most of the 2013 Grand National, fading only as the competition closed in on him from three out, but it's all systems go again for the Donald McCain trained Across The Bay, who connections are hoping can step up and do the business for them in 2014.
Connections are happy with the weight that he's been handed by the BHA Handicapper and at 10-11 it's a full 5lbs less than he ran off last year and he's still only 10 years old so so far so good for his chances.
Across The Bay is owned by the Merseyside-based Scotch Piper Syndicate, and two of the three-strong syndicate, Crosby brothers Anthony and Kevin Coyne, were at the weights lunch last week to learn first hand about the weight he was given.
Dentist Anthony Coyne said: “I think it is a fair weight. A couple of pounds difference than last year. But he was off 150 and now he is off 148. It gives him a chance of doing better this time.”
Across The Bay had a decent win at Haydock back in December and returned there again this week for the Grand National Trial but with conditions extremely heavy he unseated jockey Jason Maguire and with no other entries on the cards, it looks like that unfortunately will be his last race before heading to Aintree.
He is a general 40/1 on the betting markets which tends to belie his very good run last year and maybe as other possible runners are withdrawn over the next few weeks those odds will shorten in his favour.